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Monthly Archives: March 2021

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Multistate Drug Trafficking Operation Ends with Guilty Pleas in Virginia

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Five people pleaded guilty to various federal crimes involving a drug-trafficking operation in Virginia and North Carolina, according to an article by WAVY. This operation encompassed numerous drug crimes and other violations, and it primarily involved fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine. This case was a result of Operation Cookout, a federal law enforcement endeavor in… Read More »

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When Does DUI Become a Felony Crime in Virginia?

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The Virginia Criminal Code makes it illegal to drive under the influence (DUI) or while impaired. Under Virginia law, it does not matter if intoxication or impairment comes from alcohol, drugs, or a combination of substances. The moment a person loses the ability to drive safely and carefully, driving their vehicle can qualify as… Read More »

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Overview of U.S. Federal Laws Against Distributing Illegal Drugs

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In addition to state laws against drug crimes in Virginia and other jurisdictions, there are also drug offenses that represent federal crimes. As at the state level, illegal drugs are referred to as controlled substances and divided into schedules based on various factors. In order for federal charges to apply, the U.S. government needs… Read More »

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Virginia Man Faces Reckless Driving & Repeat DUI Charges

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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Virginia man for DUI, reckless driving, and various other offenses, according to an article by the Loudoun Times-Mirror. As stated in official reports, a sheriff’s deputy responded to reports of a possible incident on Monday, January 25 at approximately 2 p.m. Near the area of Enterprise Street… Read More »

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What is the Difference Between Regular & Aggravated Sexual Battery?

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There are many laws against sex crimes in the Virginia Criminal Code, chargeable at either the misdemeanor or felony level. Within the domain of Virginia, regular and aggravated sexual battery are two offenses that involve abuse, and the use of force or threats of force. Despite the similarities, the regular version is a misdemeanor,… Read More »

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Virginia Man Charged With Reckless Driving & Attempted Capital Murder

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A man from Chesterfield, Virginia faces charges for reckless driving and attempted capital murder of a police officer after allegedly causing a deadly crash, according to an article by ABC affiliate WRIC. According to official reports, the Virginia State Police attempted to pull over the Chesterfield man on Interstate 95 on Thursday, January 21…. Read More »

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Is There a Difference Between Drug Distribution & Trafficking of Schedule I/II Drugs in Virginia?

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Distribution and trafficking are two drug crimes prohibited within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Although these offenses may sound similar, there are separate definitions of and penalty structures for each. Substances in Schedule I/II are the categorized as the most dangerous and addictive drugs available. These controlled substances include, but are not limited to, heroin,… Read More »

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Deadly Virginia Crash Leads to DUI & Involuntary Manslaughter Charges

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A Virginia man faces criminal charges for DUI and involuntary manslaughter after allegedly causing a fatal crash in Roanoke, according to an article by NBC affiliate WSIS. On January 14, local law enforcement responded to reports of a hit-and-run incident at approximately 9:30 p.m. When officers arrived at the intersection of Orange Avenue and… Read More »

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